Star Trek: Picard Season 3 is getting closer and closer. We’ve got questions about the return of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s cast. Specifically, What Is Beverly Crushers Secret In Picard Season 3? We know Gates McFadden is returning to the role of Doctor Beverly Crusher, and something is going on. Additionally, does this relate to her relationship with Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart)? Both McFadden and Stewart beamed down to San Diego Comic-Con last month. The pair headed up the Star Trek: Picard panel in Hall-H. While discussing the upcoming third season, cryptic hints were given away. For starters, it would seem the characters haven’t seen each other for 20 to 25 years. That is a very large time difference. But is Beverly hiding something related to Jean-Luc?
Gates McFadden as Dr. Beverly Crusher of the Paramount+ original series STAR TREK: PICARD. Photo Cr: Joe Pugliese/Paramount+. © 2022 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Where Has Beverly Gone?
Before we explore where Doctor Crusher is, where did we see her last? Rewinding to Star Trek: Nemesis. This was the final TNG movie with the cast and meant to be the send-off for the crew. In reality, all the crew mostly split off and went their ways. Doctor Crusher was stationed on the USS Enterprise-E at the time.
However, her fate at the movie’s end is up for debate. Specifically, a deleted scene for the movie would give her more of a future. The deleted scene confirmed Crusher returned to head up Starfleet Medical once again. Sadly these scenes were cut for the final film. Therefore, canonically, her life after Star Trek: Nemesis remains undisclosed. According to Gates McFadden, Picard and Crusher will see each other again after 25 years. That would also suggest a time jump from Star Trek: Picard Season 2. However, these dates could be averages, as suggested earlier. McFadden has stated Dr Crusher is “older and wiser” now.
Doctor Crusher with the USS Enterprise-E Crew (Via Paramount)
A Secret Family Matter
One of the rampant theories about Star Trek: Picard Season 3 is what has gone on between Jean-Luc and Dr Crusher. Sir Patrick Stewart has teased what the characters will discuss in the upcoming season. This was during an interview with TV Insider over the SDCC 2022 weekend.
The discussions are often of a personal nature, a family nature
Sir Patrick is teasing fans here. He could not reveal more of that when pressed for an explanation during the interview. However, during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Star Trek legend hinted are more. Sir Patrick has stated that Jean-Luc Picard will have a secret history being acknowledged as well. “Picard & Crusher have had this very particular love relationships, very strong, very unique. It’s almost Shakespearean to me. It’s almost like the sonnet, ‘that look upon tempests but is never shaken’. I’ve always thought that, but to actually be in a situation where we have to rediscover and re-analyse ‘how do we feel about each other’
Gates McFadden – Entertainment Weekly
It would appear that both Picard and Beverly Crusher have some sort of secret history. We know that Star Trek has always teased a romantic relationship between the pair. However, they’ve never fully gone there. Another Star Trek: Nemesis deleted scene hinted that something was growing between the pair.